Charlotte Hadfield

Year of Call: 1999
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Charlotte is passionate about education and enjoys a wide and varied practice covering the full spectrum of education law and related regulatory law.  She is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, young people, students, schools, academies, HE providers, local authorities, universities and Early Years and Child Care providers/practitioners.

Her work includes:

  • SEND appeals (including National Trial cases)
  • Discrimination (including disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
  • Judicial review, including decisions relating to SEN provision under EHC Plans, education otherwise than at school, continuing healthcare assessments, social care assessments, unlawful exclusions
  • Governance issues in academies and free schools
  • School/parent relationships, including parent bans, internal complaints, protection from harassment
  • Admissions (lawfulness of admissions arrangements, compatibility of admissions arrangements with the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act)
  • Exclusion appeals
  • Legal action in respect of Ofsted and CQC reports (schools, care providers)
  • Appeals against cancellation of registration by Ofsted (Early Years and Child Care providers)
  • Contractual and tortious claims against education providers
  • Safeguarding, DBA (formerly CRB) issues
  • Internal academic appeals and fitness to practice hearings
  • NCTL proceedings (see also Charlotte’s Public and Regulatory profile)
  • Disputes relating to school

Charlotte regularly provides training on education law to a variety of different audiences, including LEAs, solicitors, university student advisors, lay panel members and parents.

Reported cases

  • DJ, R (on the application of) v Welsh Ministers & Anor [2018] WLR (D) 646
  • DS, R(on the application of) v Wolverhampton City Council [2017] ELR 630
  • SN v Nottinghamshire County Council [2014] UKUT 002 (AAC)
  • Oxfordshire County Council v JL (2010) EWHC 798 (Admin)

Mental Capacity/Court of Protection

Charlotte accepts instructions to appear in the Court of Protection and is well versed in Court of Protection practice and procedure.  She is experienced in anticipating and addressing points about capacity that may arise in education, health and care proceedings outside of the Court of Protection, e.g. in relation to young persons in appeals before SENDIST.



‘A well respected counsel.’

Legal 500 2018/Leading Individual – Education

‘A diplomatic advocate with great interpersonal skills.’

Legal 500 2017/Leading Individual – Education

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM, London School of Economics

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Direct Access

Charlotte Hadfield is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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